Group held for threatening traders

2011-05-11 08:31

Nine people were arrested after allegedly intimidating foreign business owners in Orlando, Soweto.

Captain Nomvula Mbense said the group, all business owners in the area, arrived at Orlando police station yesterday shouting and singing songs in protest against foreign traders.

The station commander dispersed the crowd who then apparently held an illegal meeting next to the Orlando stadium.

When police attempted to break-up the gathering, the group allegedly threw stones. They were then arrested.

Mbense said the group allegedly intimidated business owners from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Somali on Tuesday by shouting at them to go back to their countries.

They believed the foreigners were taking business away by charging lower prices.

The group would be charged following investigations.

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